, who filled a valuable role on the New York Islanders
last season as a penalty-killer and depth player, has agreed with the club to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced Saturday.
The 24-year-old forward was claimed off waivers from Boston, where he amassed four games of NHL experience during the 2006-07 season, and spent the entire season on the Islanders roster. He scored a shorthanded goal early in the third period at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 4 for his first NHL point, opening the scoring in a 2-1 win over the rival Rangers.
Thompson played in 43 games last season, scoring two goals and four points with 49 penalty minutes.
"Nate made an immediate impact last season, fitting right into our team system," Islanders General Manager Garth Snow
said in a press release. "He is the type of player every team looks for by giving an extra effort every time he steps on the ice."
Thompson, a native of Anchorage, was a sixth-round selection by the Bruins in the 2003 Entry Draft. He played parts of four seasons for their AHL affiliate in Providence, totaling 35 goals and 80 points in 216 games, and was coached there by current Islanders coach Scott Gordon
. Thompson served as captain of Providence during the 2007-08 season.